Tom Kocal joined Townsquare Media as the LaramieLive.com Multimedia Reporter in February 2019 after a 40-year career in the newspaper business. After selling the Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois newspaper business in 2013, Tom was one of the founders of Carroll County’s only online news source. “Change is the one constant” is a mantra that motivated Tom to set out on a new adventure after his wife of 45 years passed away in early 2018. After a road trip in the summer of 2018, the lure of the west called, and Tom moved to Laramie in September 2018. “I’ve seen the newspaper and printing industries change tremendously in 40 years,” Tom said. “We started out with Ben Franklin-era hand-set type, Linotypes, and lead type printed on a hand-fed printing press, to producing news and photos for online readers that can be posted from my smart phone in my truck. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks!” Tom has two older children and 2 grandchildren. His interests include his fiancé, Julie, and her grandchildren; gardening, preserving, cooking and eating the vegetables they grow; and bicycling while enjoying the scenery and to stay in shape. Tom looks forward to being an active member of the Laramie community, reporting for LaramieLive.com on the events that Laramie has to offer, and meeting more unique personalities that make this community a very special place.
Gov. Gordon Commends Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
Governor Mark Gordon applauded an historic water shortage sharing agreement Monday as Wyoming joined six other Western States in the signing of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan.
Special Olympics Summer Games Featured Great Sportsmanship
The Gem City was swarming with athletes, as Laramie welcomed the 2019 Special Olympics Wyoming Summer Game participants and their families this past week.
Laramie Depot Hosts Over 6,000 Visitors to the Debut of ‘Big Boy’
One of the world's biggest and most powerful steam locomotives is chugging back to Laramie after five years of restoration work.
Accident Causes Laramie Power Outage, Affects 500
LARAMIE -- Rocky Mountain Power reported an isolated power outage due to an accident at around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Body of Missing Cheyenne Man Found in SE Wyoming
Albany County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Sunday for a report of a dead body in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
Celebrate National Park Week Starting Saturday
Get ready to celebrate National Park Week starting Saturday, April 20 to Sunday, the 28.
South 3rd St. Project Enhances the Gateway to the Gem City
The redevelopment project introduced by Third Street Partners along South 3rd Street in Laramie is moving forward this week, as demolition of an old gas station at the site nears completion.
Wyoming Board of Education to Reconsider Draft Computer Science Standards
Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a full-day meeting in Riverton beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Fremont County School District #25 board room located at 121 North 25th St. The SBE will first convene as the State Board of Vocational Education to hear an update from the Wyo…
Albany County Public Library Director Fired
Albany County Public Library Board of Directors announced Wednesday that Library Director Ruth Troyanek’s contract has been terminated, effective April 10, 2019
Wyoming Highway Patrol Commissions 11 New Troopers
The Wyoming Highway Patrol recently commissioned 11 Cadets to the rank of Trooper upon the completion of their intensive training academy